Historian Robert C. Cottrell is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio today. On the show we discuss Bob’s book, Izzy: A Biography of I. F. Stone, which was originally published in 1992 and was reprinted this year by Rutgers University Press. Stone, who was best known for his influential newsletter, I. F. Stone’s Weekly, was a major influence on New Left radicals and those opposing the Vietnam War.
Cottrell calls his book, “an examination of the life and career of that ofttimes gregarious, frequently grumpy loner who became his nation’s foremost radical commentator and thus provides a window through which to examine American radicalism, left-wing journalism and the evolution of important strands of Western intellectual thought in the twentieth century.”
Robert Cottrell is the author of more than 20 books, his latest being
All-American Rebels: The American Left from the Wobblies to the
Resistance and he is also the author of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n” roll:
The Rise of America’s 1960s Counterculture. Cottrell has been Professor of History and American Studies
at California State University, Chico, since 1984. Cottrell, who
graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, lived in Austin for
several years and participated in the anti-war movement, draft
counseling, and the counterculture, and sold The Rag on the street.
This is Bob’s third visit to
Zoom image: Clockwise from top left: Thorne Dreyer, Tracey Schulz, and Robert Cottrell.
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